This small town on the banks of the Vals River, named after the missionary David Lindley, was founded in 1875. A weir built across the river has created a five-km stretch of fairly deep water that is ideal for angling, boating and swimming and the lovely camping and picnic spots set out on the willow-lined banks of the river add to the charm of the town. Dairy farms abound in this area and the town has a powdered milk factory. Lindley also lies in both the Maize Triangle and the Sunflower Belt.

Adventure And Sport

4×4 routes: Come and test your vehicle’s manoeuvrability at the renowned Lindley Wildekat Slote.

Rugby: The Danie Craven Rugby Day is hosted in town annually by the Lindley Rugby Club to commemorate the doyen of South African rugby, Danie Craven. Craven was born and bred in the Lindley district where he first started playing rugby. He left town to study at Stellenbosch University and later became a Springbok rugby player and subsequently Chairman of the World Rugby Association.

Sport: The town offers facilities for netball, rugby, swimming and horse-riding. There is also a pistol, pigeon and birdwatching club.

Archaeology And Palaeontology

Fossils and San Rock Art: Grootkrans Game Farm not only has fossilised tree trunks, but also some San rock paintings.

Prehistoric ruins: The remains of prehistoric stone huts can be found at several locations in the district. Those who are interested in anthropology will find a visit to the Le Ghoya ruins, which date back to the fourteenth century, of special interest.

Entertainment And Shopping

Curios, Arts and Crafts: Visit Minnie Marais at 13 Cilliers Street for beadwork items, jewellery and ostrich egg art and the Ladies Home Industry shop in Jooste Street for hand­made knitting, needlework and pottery items and delicious eats.

October festival: A typical country fair is held in the town in October and the exciting 4×4 race held on the same day is one of the major events and draw-cards of the day’s festivities

Recreational Resorts: The Vals River and Piekniekdraai Dam Resorts are ideal for angling and water sports. The Lindley Caravan Park has camping and caravan stands, as well as the necessary ablution blocks.

Fauna And Flora

Game-viewing, hunting and birdwatching: Magdalena, Vaalhoek and Grootkrans farms offer both game viewing and hunting. Birdlife is prolific in this area and more than 252 different types of birds have been identified.

History And Architecture

Battlefield site and cemetery memorial: The British Memorial in the town cemetery was erected to commemorate the 443 members of the Yeomanry Regiment who were killed here in May 1900. At Lindley/Yeomanry Hill Battlefield the Boer forces, despite being inferior in number, managed to overpower a much larger British regiment, which surrendered without the consent of its commanding officer.

Historic buildings: The Town Hall, Post Office, stately Dutch Reformed church and Methodist Church are all examples of typical sandstone buildings of the previous era.

Miniature church: The miniature sandstone church was built as a replica of the Dutch Reformed Church that was burnt down during the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902. It was erected in 1928 to honour the Boers of the area who died during that war.

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